N.C. GOP chair denies canceling Sen. Burr over impeachment vote

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 17: Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) talks with reporters before stepping into the weekly Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol April 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Vice President Mike Pence joined the GOP senators for their meeting. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 17: Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) talks with reporters before stepping into the weekly Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol April 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Vice President Mike Pence joined the GOP senators for their meeting. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 17: Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) talked with reporters before stepping into the weekly Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol April 17, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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North Carolina Republican Chairman Michael Whatley defended a decision to censure Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). Whatley sparred with a CNN anchor over the actual meaning of the censure.

The North Carolina GOP voted to formally rebuke Burr after he voted to convict Donald Trump in his latest impeachment trial. Burr was one of seven Republican senators to break with their party on the issue.

The CNN anchor tried to compare the censure of Burr to instances of cancel culture raised by conservatives, but was quickly shut down.

“Well, I think that the cancel culture where we see the President kicked off of all, the former President kicked off of all social media, where we see people losing their jobs, where we see people who have been hit on social media or deplatformed is entirely different from us as a state party saying that we disagree with one particular vote cast by a senator,” Whatley stated.

Other state GOP parties have censured senators that voted to convict Trump, including Louisiana’s Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.).

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